So the Ig I might be getting comes with a cage. But what I want to do is build a frame that sits at 4 feet out from one wall in a bedroom. So the "cage" would be 4' deep x 9' tall x 8-9' wide. I haven't measured, but thats about right. She's currently 4.5 feet long, and will come with a cage, but I want something myself and maybe move that one outside next summer.
My questions are, what is typically cheaper, glass or plexi? How many basking spots should there be for 1 Ig? And how many heaters and where do I put them? Oh, and where do I run all these cords?
With that much room you could get pretty creative. Make sure one the areas is steady at about 90-95 for basking with a good source of UVB. Another part of the cage needs to be cooler with the temp 75-85.
You could put one hide in the warm area and another in the cooler but I don't think more than one is required. What you need to concentrate on is the humidity with that size of enclosure you will probably need a good mister to keep the humidity around 65%-75%
At 9' tall I would think you could make some pretty cool climbing areas for this Iguana.
As for the cords...good luck with that. Just make sure there are no fire hazards.
Post by annemariet on Sept 13, 2009 2:32:41 GMT -8
plexi can scratch easily if the ig put it's nails against it. That's one of the reasons I chose glass (my cage is 6,5 feet deep, 6,5 feet wide and 8,1 feet high)
As for the cords I put them in a sort of cable ray attached at the ceiling so the ig can't reach it.
For heating it depends on what area you are how cold it gets. I live in the Netherlands and I have 2 baskingspot lamps (both 100 Watt) and 2 UVB lamps (one 100 Watt and one 300 Watt). I also have a heater for wintertime in the enclosure and some kind of heating mat under his sleepingspot for nighttime heat in winter. The heater was already in the enclosure, I put some kind of wire in front of it, so the ig can't come in contact with the heater. If you have a choice where to put it I would chose a spot under his sleeping/baskingspot, than the heat will be most effeciently be used.